Pacific Whale Foundation: Ultimate Hervey Bay Whale Watching

FROM: $109

Departure Times

Departs: 11:00 am - Daily
Returns: 2:00 pm - Daily

Pricing Options

$109 AUD / Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2023 and 31 Mar 2024)
$79 AUD / Person - Child (6-14 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2023 and 31 Mar 2024)

Discover the wonder of Humpback whales and learn something new on the Ultimate Hervey Bay Whale Watching tour.

  • Enjoy the thrilling, face-to-face experience with Fraser’s playful Humpbacks on this intimate, small-group eco-tour
  • Chat with our onboard whale researcher and soak up the expert commentary from our certified marine naturalists
  • Cruise through the pristine, tropical waters on our spacious Ocean Defender and delight in unobstructed, 360° water-level views for optimised whale spotting
  • Give back and make a difference, with all ticket proceeds going to the Pacific Whale Foundation’s research and conservation work.

Whale Season runs from July 16 to October 31, with guaranteed whale sightings on every trip. (exact dates may vary each year)

With over four decades of globally-renowned marine animal research and ocean conservation under their belt, the Pacific Whale Foundation offers a whale watching experience that prioritises our precious marine environments. Allow the majestical Humpbacks of Hervey Bay to take your breath away while you contribute directly to research, education and conservation through your ticket purchase. Take advantage of the expert knowledge onboard as Marine Naturalists and researchers illuminate the hidden universe of whales. The Ultimate Hervey Bay Whale Watching tour is an incredibly affordable, advanced eco-certified experience and perfect for everyone! 


  • Guaranteed Humpback whale sightings
  • Underwater hydrophone technology to broadcast live whale songs
  • Commentary from certified Marine Naturalists
  • Chat with our onboard Whale Researcher
  • Interactive Junior Naturalist Programme for kids
  • Intimate, small-group capacity
  • Advanced eco-certified tour
  • FREE tasty snacks and cold drinks
  • Unobstructed 360° “whale’s eye” views
  • Walk-in toilet facilities onboard
  • State-of-the-art Ocean Defender designed for comfort
  • Large sun awning
  • Speedy vessel for maximised watching time
  • Commemorative whale watch guide developed by Pacific Whale Foundation researchers
  • All ticket purchases contribute to conservation programs

Cruise times

Midday Ultimate Hervey Bay Whale Watch – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (3 hours)

The Ocean Defender is specifically designed for an unbeatable whale watching experience, so rest assured you’ll spend less time travelling and more time hanging out with the Humpbacks on this smooth and speedy vessel.

Guaranteed Sightings

The Pacific Whale Foundation guarantees whale sightings on every trip between July 14 to October 31. If you don’t see whales on your tour (an unlikely occurrence), you will receive a free return ticket which is valid for a year.

Important Information

Children must be 6 years old and over for this tour.

Check-in 30 minutes prior to departure time at Shop 1, Great Sandy Straits Marina.

Drone flying is not permitted on Ultimate Whale Ecotours.

Every ticket and souvenir purchase supports Pacific Whale Foundation’s non-profit research, education and conservation programs.

This tour is not recommended if you have neck or back problems, or if you are pregnant.

Don't miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rub shoulders with these gentle giants on the Ultimate Hervey Bay Whale Watching tour for a true taste of Hervey Bay magic! 

More Information

What To Bring

Wear comfy shoes and bring a small bag, including:

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Polaroid sunglasses
  • Money for souvenirs

Check out our tips on packing for your whale watching tour here.

What's Included

  • Free cold drinks and snacks onboard
  • Educational, environmental activities for the little ones
  • Underwater hydrophone
  • Expert commentary from Marine Naturalists
  • Commemorative whale watch guide to take home
  • Guaranteed whale sightings

What's Extra

  • Souvenirs and merchandise available for purchase.

Terms and Conditions

Important Information:

Children must be 6 years old and over for this tour.

Check-in 30 minutes prior to departure time at Shop 1, Great Sandy Straits Marina.

Drone flying is not permitted on Ultimate Whale Ecotours.

Every ticket and souvenir purchase supports Pacific Whale Foundation’s non-profit research, education and conservation programs.

This tour is not recommended if you have neck or back problems, or if you are pregnant.

Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Fraser Tours/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 

Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.

Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.

Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


Client Cancellations:

No shows or client cancellations made within 48 hours of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Fraser Tours are required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period (48 hours). It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your cancellation request with adequate time, and during standard business hours (9am-5pm), to allow us to contact the tour provider.

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.

Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.

Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.

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